Friday, 23 December 2011

Friday Recommends #14

So it's Friday again, and that means another exciting Friday Recommends!
This is an exciting book blog hop that book bloggers can take part in once a week to share with their followers, the books that they most recommend reading!

The rules for Friday Recommends are:
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Please consider adding the blog hop button to your blog somewhere, so others can find it easily and join in too! Help spread the word! The code will be at the bottom of the post under the linky.
  • Pick a book that you've read, and have enjoyed enough to recommend to other readers. It can be a book you've read recently, or a book you read years ago - it's up to you - but make sure you tell us why you love the book (like a mini review). You make the post as long or as short as you like.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post after posting your blog post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper ( somewhere in your post.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Goodreads synopsis:
Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.
Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: neverwhere.

I read this one about a year and a half ago, and I can still remember exactly how much I enjoyed it - it was a fantastical delight from start to finish.

As the reader, and a newcomer to the world of 'London Below', you find yourself alongside the protagonist, Richard Mayhew, discovering this new world below the streets of London, invisible to the normal passerby, trying to understand it's complex politics, and above all - magic.

The novel transports you into this magical underworld with ease and presents all the wonders and horrors with such a sense of what I could almost call reality, that it is almost possible to believe that this world does really exist beneath London.
The book is gritty, but magical, and a sparkling achievement.

Have you read Neverwhere? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.
And what books do you recommend? Take part in the Meme and post the link to your blog post below.


Tanya Patrice said...

I really love this Friday series! Another great recommendation - you are just making my "to be read" list longer and longer.

Pen to Paper said...

Haha - that's good news! It's my job to create longer TBR lists!!! My aim in life ;)

Dani :)

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